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Desc:Science teacher, as in a man who teaches science, to our children.
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Comment count is 31
F3AR - 2011-08-17
It was kinda tricky though, the fucking audience didn't even know.
BorrowedSolution - 2011-08-17
It might help if their science teachers weren't dunces.
Five stars for sweet, sweet stupidity.

baleen - 2011-08-18
It was even tricker than they had us believe!

"The melting point of ice at 1 atmosphere of pressure is very close [2] to 0 C (32 F, 273.15 K), this is also known as the ice point. In the presence of nucleating substances the freezing point of water is the same as the melting point, but in the absence of nucleators water can supercool to −42 C (−43.6 F, 231 K) before freezing."

Knuckles - 2011-08-17
Be sure to read the top-rated comment on Youtube.
Bootymarch - 2011-08-17
42 likes, man.

dairyqueenlatifah - 2011-08-17
This show was on after Regis left?

What the fuck?
freedoom - 2011-08-17
Yes, there's been a daytime version forever. Meredith Vieira used to host it. I think i like her more than Tom Bergeron.

Hammer Falls - 2011-08-18
Does Tom Bergeron host everything now?

Bhiu - 2011-08-17
As a Drunk American, I read the question as boiling and freezing point. That'll teach me to try trivia with a buzz on.
gmol - 2011-08-17
Fun, but I can understand why he got tripped up; it isn't obvious why the two should be the same. One would think that the melting point should surely be higher than the freezing point, otherwise how would a volume of H2O know what to do if you put it at exactly 0C?

The better way to think about it is the energy interval within which the temperature change is zero. As I pump energy into something the temperature increases, up until a phase change, where the temperature stops increasing and the energy is being diverted to breaking bonds.

Examining this idea in general can eventually get you to concepts like "negative temperature".

BorrowedSolution - 2011-08-17
I'm not a huge believer in 'common sense', but it is common knowledge that ice melts at 0C and water freezes at 0c. Or 32F, whichever you prefer.
This is a 0 question, they weren't expecting miracles out of the guy.

I guess though, maybe he grew up somewhere where it rarely hits the freezing point, and has never felt the massive appreciation for a 0C day after months of -30C. Or the hatred of a 0C day after months of +30C.
You do notice this little fact about water when you put up with that annually.

gmol - 2011-08-17
Yes, but looking at the youtube comments, some people are trying to suggest things like "well you can never really get it to *exactly* 0C" to resolve the apparent paradox. I wouldn't doubt if his brain was trying to scurry down a similar path.

jreid - 2011-08-17
The thing here is that he's a science teacher. The concept of water freezing should be as rudimentary to him as 2+2.

Oscar Wildcat - 2011-08-17
Pure water can be supercooled below 0C and remain liquid. Initiate the crystallization with a shock, and won't the resulting mass of frozen water subsequently melt at 0C?

Syd Midnight - 2011-08-17
You could defend any of them if you got nitpicky enough. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice#Phases

That's the kinda overthinking that fucks you up if you're used to asking/answering stupid theoretical questions like "would a planet made entirely of water be ice in the middle, from pressure?", "at what temperature does water boil and freeze in outer space?", "How much water would you need to create a black hole from its gravity?" etc.

He should have said "At how many atmospheres of pressure?"

gmol - 2011-08-18
Not sure if you are asking, but yes, it will once you put enough energy in it (its temperature will be 0C just before it melts).

Melting points don't really change the way freezing points do.

Oscar Wildcat - 2011-08-18
So just to be clear: I can do an experiment in my kitchen fridge with a bottle of distilled water that disproves the claim that water's melting and freezing points are the same. But that's the wrong answer, and I failed the test.

OK, that's about par for the course here.

fatatty - 2011-08-18
Actually as you pump energy into a glass of ice water its temperature does not increase. The water will remain at 0 until all the ice is melted and then the water temperature will increase. I remember doing that experiment in Chem 101.

Though we were just letting the ice melt naturally from room temperature, if you applied enough energy the water furthest from the ice would increase.

But most importantly HE'S A FUCKING SCIENCE TEACHER.

gmol - 2011-08-19
@Oscar Wildcat,
Your understanding is certainly correct in that sense. Under standard conditions you can supercool water down to temperatures lower than the melting point (which is, under standard conditions, doesn't really change). This is how we make slushies.

Freezing is a multistep process (whereas melting isn't really). You have to form a nucleus first...so as long as you lower the bulk temperature to an end point before a nucleus forms (the rate of which is also temperature/pressure dependent) you can have meta stable liquid water.

But then how can we say that the fp of water is 0C? Well, a volume of water will *tend* (or "eventually") freeze if left at 0C if you leave it long enough (you can promote nucleation with a rough surface to make sure you are not stuck in a kinetic trap). it will never freeze if you leave the water at +0.1C.

We define things like freezing point in terms of thermodynamic equilibrium (at the end of time) vs. a metastable state.

gmol - 2011-08-19
That first paragraph is all muddled...:

Your understanding is certainly correct in that sense. Under standard conditions you can supercool water down to temperatures lower than the freezing point. This is how we make slushies.

boner - 2011-08-17
Hilarious YouTube comments.
pressed peanut sweepings - 2011-08-18
The youtube comments remind of the old ".9 repeating equals 1" threads on the blizzard forums.
Syd Midnight - 2011-08-18
If the treadmill is going fast enough, it still has a 1 in 3 chance of winning.

Xenocide - 2011-08-18
Okay, okay, everyone shut up while I figure this out!


Alright, what temperature does ice catch fire at again?
Rodents of Unusual Size - 2011-08-18
Xenocide? I love you. Here. These are five fiery ice cubes just for you.

chumbucket - 2011-08-18
I spit my lunch

EvilHomer - 2011-08-18
But what if we used magnets to magnetize the ice? Couldn't that raise the melting point?
jimmicampkin - 2011-08-18
Magnets? How do they work?

Syd Midnight - 2011-08-18
He shoulda done like Feynman did to that BBC reporter who asked him how fridge magnets work and gotten real pissed off, all "You tryin' to make a jerk outta me? That'd take hours to answer!"

Meerkat - 2011-08-18
(e) Thermometers are a tool of the devil
Wombles - 2012-04-13
Before the options were shown, I was assuming it had to be a Farenheit/Celsius thing. Not a test of knowing that ice is made of water and vice versa.
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